Bring your best girly friends down to Halse Water House for some quality time together before you tie the knot; it's a dream. A big thatched cottage on the edge of a pretty village, surrounded by gorgeous Somerset countryside, this is the perfect self catering accommodation for those more refined hen weekends. You'll love the hot tub, the outdoor dining pavilion and the garden with a brook murmuring it's way through; it's a proper rural retreat.

Step out from the doorstep and find a footpath to follow through the fields and woods, around the lanes; go and visit one of the beautiful historic houses in the area - Knightshayes near Tiverton is gorgeous, but Hestercombe is just as good. You could catch the steam train on the West Somerset Railway at Bishops Lydeard and take a trip throught the hills to the coast; alight at Watchet or Blue Anchor, or to the last stop at Minehead and have fish and chips on the sea front. If you fancy a mooch about the shops head into Wellington and look round the vintage centre and the independent shops, or go to the county town of Taunton and have lunch at Brazz and a stroll around Vivary Park; you might even book up a session on the high ropes at the Adventure Centre, or go ten pin bowling.

If you're fans of the great outdoors then get out into the Quantocks on horseback with Quantock trekking; it's one of the best ways to see the hills and they'll do a cream tea back at their headquarters. You could pack a picnic and climb to the top of Wills Neck or Cothelstone Hill for panoramic views out over the Bristol Channel. Exmoor isn't far and a day spent exploring the national park is a delight; have a cream tea at Dulverton, walk up the cliff to the tiny Culbone Church where legend has it, Lorna Doone was shot on her wedding day, sit and watch the world go by at Porlock Weir, stroll along the river at Watersmeet.

 You can even book up for some in-house fun and you'll find plenty of ideas on our Extras page; have a cheeky life drawing class in the garden (berets and fake moustaches for the artists essential!), try your hand at pottery painting or cup cake decorating, or treat yourselves to some indulgent spa treatments from one of our mobile therapists, followed by a soak in the hot tub, or how about getting a portrait photographer in to take everlasting pictures of your weekend together?

If the idea of cooking for a large group isn't so appealing, call in the owner and she'll soon have a feast for a king (or queen!) on the table; or book up at one of the lovely local pubs for dinner - just up the road in the village is the New Inn, or if you prefer a more restauranty feel, a few miles away in Taunton is Brazz. We think the simplest pleasures are the best and we love the idea of taking a few bottles of fizz out onto the river bank, dangling your feet in the water and chatting away whilst the sun sets over the fields. Sounds lovely, doesn't it?

Note that we can only take bookings for this property from single sex groups by prior arrangement so please be sure to contact us before you book.